Week of June 29th,2020

School Reopening Survey Deadline Extended to 7/3– Please Respond!

Drew Parents/Guardians,

Last week, we emailed you a Drew Reopening Update and Family Survey.  To ensure that all families have an opportunity to take the Reopening Survey, we are extending the response deadline to Friday, July 3rd, at 5pm.  If you are yet to take the survey, we encourage you to complete it now.  Please click here to take the survey.  (To view the most recent reopening update, which was sent last week, please click here.)

Your feedback is vitally important to us, and we hope to hear from you soon.  If you have already taken the survey, thank you!    

2020 Graduation Ceremony Update!

Good Afternoon 2020 Graduates and loved ones of 2020 Graduates, 

I hope all is well with you during these unprecedented times. We know this has been a challenging few months and not what any of us wanted nor expected. Despite missed moments that are hard to replicate in the virtual world, we have worked diligently to develop new memories and plan events around your senior year – Virtual Spirit Week, Virtual Senior Walk, Senior Car parade, Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony, and especially your graduation ceremony. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to make your graduation celebration special and memorable for you and your families.

We agree that graduation in itself is a monumental event and that the graduates of 2020 deserve their day. That is why we have allocated resources to join Atlanta Public Schools graduation schedule at the Lakewood Stadium the week of July 20th. 

We hope graduates and families will participate in this opportunity to acknowledge and honor their work over their academic journey. With this in mind we must adhere to all guidelines and safety precautions in place. The safety and health of our graduates and their families are the primary motivation in delaying/limiting in-person events of this magnitude. With careful consideration and planning we will see you at 10:00am on July 24th, at the Lakewood Stadium. More information regarding guidelines for attending and other details will be released soon.

With Appreciation, 

Kendrick L. Myers

Senior Academy Principal

“Note: Dates are subject to change should safety conditions prevent the gathering of large events”

2021 Senior Pictures Announcement:

Senior Pictures for the Class of 2021 will take place on Wednesday, July 22nd. Lifetouch [the new picture vendor] will be contacting families directly to arrange appointment times and to communicate requirements in relation to social distancing.

Guardian

Announcements

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]

Message from Director of Athletics, click here for letter

Summer Reading

Attached, you will find a copy of the AP summer reading list for students who selected an AP course for school year 2020-2021.  The counselors have sent out an email to all those students who will need to complete the summer reading before the start of school in July.  If your child selected to take an AP course and did not receive an email, please contact your child’s counselor.

Rob Richardson (Grades 9 and 11):  rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org

Tara Davis (Grades 10 and 12): tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lteTmwQZE57xFLRXgHYmK2-mJRo7lDrzITxi54pTc5E/edit?usp=sharing

Uniform Needs

  • In the interest of best serving our community, Drew has moved forward with Flynn O’Hara as our new uniform vendor. Thank you to Dr. Allen for all of her work to find a company to best serve our community. Please see the flyer and link below for more information:

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Calendar


Week of 06/29- 07/05

Monday

06/29

  • None

Tuesday

06/30

  • None

Wednesday

07/01

  • None

Thursday

07/02

  • None

Friday

07/03

  • None

 07/04| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].
07/05| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • 07/22- Senior Pictures for Class of 2021
    • Lifetouch [new picture vendor] will contact families directly to arrange appointments
  • 07/24- Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony [Lakewood Amphitheater]
    • Additional details and instructions will be released in the near future
  • 08/03 – Start Date for 2021-2022 School Year
    • more details coming soon..

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of June 22nd,2020

 Drew Reopening Plan Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Last week, we announced a revised 2020 – 2021 Drew Charter school year calendar with a new start date of August 3, 2020, for students. In this follow-up communication regarding Drew’s 2020 – 2021 reopening plan, we are sharing:

  1. Updates regarding reopening models under consideration, and
  2. A Family Survey (The survey link is included here and later in this letter.)

UPDATE TO REOPENING MODELS

At this point, it seems highly unlikely that public health guidance will allow for a traditional Face-to-Face reopening model.  Based on current information, Drew is focusing on planning the following two reopening models:

  • Virtual/e-Learning Model 
  • Hybrid Model (combination of Face-to-Face and Virtual learning)

As we continue building detailed implementation plans for both models, below please find a high-level summary of key components that each model’s plan will address once completed.

All Virtual Model

If Drew reopens under an all virtual model, key components of the model will include:

  • Instruction – standardized daily student instruction on Zoom for core contents classes and enrichment/pathways including the introduction of new content, academy specific schedules, attendance tracking, and assigning grades
  • Student Social Emotional and Academic Supports – the incorporation of social emotional learning supports and Special Education, RTI, and Gifted programming
  • Technology Support – ensuring all students are equipped with necessary devices, internet access, and technical support for success
  • STEAM/PBL – a re-implementation of and emphasis on STEAM and PBL with student collaboration and projects.

Hybrid Model

If Drew reopens under a Hybrid model, each student would come onsite two days a week for face-to-face instruction and would have virtual instruction (home-based) three days a week.  Key components of the Hybrid Model, would include:

  • Instructional Model Design – two (2) cohorts of students (Cohort A and Cohort B) divided as follows:
    • Students assigned to Cohort A would report to school on Mondays and Tuesdays and would receive instruction virtually on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays via Google Classroom
    • Students assigned to Cohort B would report to school on Thursdays and Fridays and would receive instruction virtually on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays via Google Classroom
    • Siblings would be grouped in the same cohort to ensure on-campus and virtual days are the same 
    • Onsite class sizes would be limited to 12 students per classroom
  • School Operations – protocols for social distancing (6 feet at all times), cleaning/sanitizing the buildings, morning drop off/afternoon dismissal, meals, classroom design, and transitions 
  • Safety Precautions – protocols for PPE requirements (wearing masks and/or face shields), visitors, early pickup procedures and increased hygiene and safety measures 
  • Health/Wellbeing – protocols for handling student illness, daily screenings/temperature checks and potential outbreaks/quarantine plans
  • Technology Support – ensuring all students are equipped with devices and technical support to be successful on virtual days 
  • Before and After School Care of Students on Onsite Learning Days –  considerations for if/how this care could be provided safely
  • Offering a full-time virtual learning model for students unable to participate in a Hybrid Model. 

FAMILY SURVEY

As we move forward with our planning process, it is critical that we hear from you.  Please take the following survey now or no later than Friday, June 26th, at 6pm:

FAMILY REOPENING SURVEY 

Your input will help us better evaluate how we can support you as we continue planning our reopening.  Thank you in advance for participating in the survey.

Please be assured that the reopening model we ultimately implement will focus on ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff in light of the most current public health data and guidance.  We will notify you by mid-July of our decision on which reopening model we will implement.  In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

For the Love of Drew,

Peter McKnight

Head of School

Shoutout to Rising 11th Grader

We would like to thank and highlight A. Cave for sharing her expression of art about the Alabama church bombing which took place September 15, 1963 that escalated a lot of emotions, especially within the African American community. Feel free to click the link above.

Guardian

Announcements

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]

Message from Director of Athletics, click here for letter

Update: Cheerleading

Summer Reading

Attached, you will find a copy of the AP summer reading list for students who selected an AP course for school year 2020-2021.  The counselors have sent out an email to all those students who will need to complete the summer reading before the start of school in July.  If your child selected to take an AP course and did not receive an email, please contact your child’s counselor.

Rob Richardson (Grades 9 and 11):  rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org

Tara Davis (Grades 10 and 12): tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lteTmwQZE57xFLRXgHYmK2-mJRo7lDrzITxi54pTc5E/edit?usp=sharing

Uniform Needs

  • In the interest of best serving our community, Drew has moved forward with Flynn O’Hara as our new uniform vendor. Thank you to Dr. Allen for all of her work to find a company to best serve our community. Please see the flyer and link below for more information:

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Calendar


Week of 06/22- 06/28

Monday

06/22

  • None

Tuesday

06/23

  • None

Wednesday

06/24

  • Times were assigned by Coach Mayes

Thursday

06/25

  • Times were assigned by Coach Mayes

Friday

06/26

  • None

 06/27| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice.
06/28| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • 09/03 – Start Date for 2021-2022 School Year
    • more details coming soon..

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of June 15th,2020

Updated 06/16/2020: Drew Changes 2020 – 2021 Calendar & School Start Date

Dear Drew Families:

We hope that you are safe and well.  As we continue planning our reopening for the upcoming school year, we wanted to notify you of changes to Drew’s school calendar.  Yesterday, Drew’s Board of Directors approved a revised 2020-2021 school calendar, including pushing back the first day of school. The first day of school for students has been changed to August 3, 2020.  (The original start date was July 27, 2020.) The amended calendar also includes updates to school breaks and holidays. 

Please click here to view the amended 2020-2021 student calendar, and note that the amended calendar dates will be reflected on Drew’s website soon.

Drew Charter School is continuing to evaluate the following three possible 2020-2021 reopening models, which were previously communicated to families:

·       Face-to-Face Model

·       Hybrid Model (combination of Face-to-Face and Virtual)

·       Virtual/e-Learning Model

While the school has not reached a decision regarding which of the three reopening models it will implement, delaying the first day of school provides administrators and staff with essential time to adequately plan for restarting under any of the proposed scenarios, particularly in terms of safety and wellness, operations, instruction, facilities and other critical reopening components.  We continue to carefully evaluate the latest federal, state and local reopening guidance and are considering extenuating factors in making our decision. 

As our decision has the potential to tremendously impact our families and staff, we hope to provide as much advance notice as possible of the specific reopening model Drew will implement.  Please stay tuned for additional updates.  

We look forward to embarking on a new year of learning with your student on August 3, 2020!  

For the Love of Drew,

Peter McKnight

Head of School

Shoutout to Rising 11th Grader

We would like to thank and highlight A. Cave for sharing her expression of art about the Alabama church bombing which took place September 15, 1963 that escalated a lot of emotions, especially within the African American community. Feel free to click the link above.

Guardian

Announcements

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]

Message from Director of Athletics, click here for letter

Update: Cheerleading

Summer Reading

Attached, you will find a copy of the AP summer reading list for students who selected an AP course for school year 2020-2021.  The counselors have sent out an email to all those students who will need to complete the summer reading before the start of school in July.  If your child selected to take an AP course and did not receive an email, please contact your child’s counselor.

Rob Richardson (Grades 9 and 11):  rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org

Tara Davis (Grades 10 and 12): tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lteTmwQZE57xFLRXgHYmK2-mJRo7lDrzITxi54pTc5E/edit?usp=sharing

Uniform Needs

  • In the interest of best serving our community, Drew has moved forward with Flynn O’Hara as our new uniform vendor. Thank you to Dr. Allen for all of her work to find a company to best serve our community. Please see the flyer and link below for more information:

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Calendar


Week of 06/15 – 06/20

Monday

06/15

  • None

Tuesday

06/16

  • None

Wednesday

06/17

  • 6pm- Virtual Interest Meeting for Cheer

Thursday

06/18

  • 3pm-5pm: Final Opportunity for Senior to Return and Retrieve items at Drew [inclusive of Senior Sign Displayed during Car Parade]
    • Families of Seniors who have items at Drew were emailed last week.

Friday

06/19

  • None

 06/20| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice.
06/21| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • 06/24 – Virtual Cheer Tryouts
  • 06/25 – Virtual Cheer Tryouts
  • 09/03 – Start Date for 2021-2022 School Year
    • more details coming soon..

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of June 8th,2020

Shoutout to Rising 11th Grader

We would like to thank and highlight A. Cave for sharing her expression of art about the Alabama church bombing which took place September 15, 1963 that escalated a lot of emotions, especially within the African American community. Feel free to click the link above.

Guardian

Announcements

Intent to Play [In Relation to All Sports]

Message from Director of Athletics, click here for letter

Budget Hearing

Date: June 9, 2020 06:00 PM

https://drewcharterschool.zoom.us/j/93195552864
If you wish to call in- 888 475 4499
Meeting ID: 931 9555 2864

Summer Reading

Attached, you will find a copy of the AP summer reading list for students who selected an AP course for school year 2020-2021.  The counselors have sent out an email to all those students who will need to complete the summer reading before the start of school in July.  If your child selected to take an AP course and did not receive an email, please contact your child’s counselor.

Rob Richardson (Grades 9 and 11):  rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org

Tara Davis (Grades 10 and 12): tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lteTmwQZE57xFLRXgHYmK2-mJRo7lDrzITxi54pTc5E/edit?usp=sharing

Uniform Needs

  • In the interest of best serving our community, Drew has moved forward with Flynn O’Hara as our new uniform vendor. Thank you to Dr. Allen for all of her work to find a company to best serve our community. Please see the flyer and link below for more information:

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Calendar


Week of 06/08 – 06/14

Summer School via E-Learning

  • Students and parents requested to participate in summer school should already have communication:
    • Please reach out to Kendrick Myers, Rachel Weaver, or Tameka Allen if you feel you should have received communication and have not as of today.

Please be advised that our School Norms still apply in our E-Learning Environments. 

Students should participate in online class activities with the same respect and decorum that would be displayed in the classroom. Please refer the Student Code of Conduct for specific information on appropriate technology use.
Language and/or actions that violate our Student Code of Conduct in the virtual setting will have similar consequences.

Monday

06/08

Tuesday

06/09

Wednesday

06/10

  • PBL/STEAM- for New Staff (K-12)

Thursday

06/11

  • None

Friday

06/12

  • None

 06/13| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice.
06/14| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • 07/27 – Tentative Start Date for 2021-2022 School Year
    • more details soon..

See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Racist Disruption to Rising 9th Grade Zoom Parent Meeting

Dear Drew Community,

This afternoon, Drew’s Senior Academy held a virtual Rising 9th Grade Parent meeting on our Zoom platform. Unfortunately, during this meeting there were several racial outbursts, including use of the “N” word, from unidentified participants, which disrupted the meeting and required us to abruptly end it. Drew is working with our technology team to determine the identities of the perpetrators in the meeting.   We are sharing this information with you as it impacts our entire Drew community. Drew administrators and staff are totally devastated by what occurred during this meeting.   This is the third time in two weeks that I have had to write to you about racism and its impact on our immediate community and the larger world.  As I have said before, Drew Charter School will not tolerate racism of any kind, and we will continue to weed it out as it presents itself.  As infuriating and disheartening as this is, nothing will shake our unwavering commitment to and affirmation of Drew’s black students, staff, and families.  

Sincerely,

Peter McKnight
Drew Head of School

A Message from the Senior Academy

June 3, 2020

Good evening Drew Community,

It has come to my attention that a Senior Academy student posted an offensive, inappropriate and discriminatory post on social media. First, I want to say that I am deeply saddened and disappointed. I appreciate every student and parent that has brought awareness to this issue and as such, we have already begun the follow-up with the family. I want to reassure this community that we have high expectations for our parents, staff, and our students. There should be a clear understanding that this is not a community that will stand by and condone discrimination, racism, systematic oppression, and/or institutional racism. It is our responsibility to hold every member of our community accountable and respond immediately and appropriately.

I express this in all transparency but want to be clear that due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) the school cannot  share with anyone the details, specifics, consequences of an incident with anyone other than the offending party in any situation. 

While some of these incidents may be met with restorative practices, education, and corrective requirements or policies, it is important to understand that certain actions will not be tolerated. Drew administrators and staff will take all appropriate steps to eradicate actions that threaten the safety and security of the people in our community.

Please reach out to me with any concerns or further questions. 

K. Myers

Message to the Drew Community

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it…” – Muhammad Ali

In this time of hurt, sorrow and anger, I encourage this community to throw away impossible and seek the change we wish to see. I encourage families of this community and every surrounding community to embrace each other, hold each other accountable, and stand up for change. In this time, it is even more salient that we cannot ignore systematic oppression, we cannot ignore institutional racism. I know that there are so many hurt and so many confused and/or conflicted as am I. Our job as adults is to reflect, learn, grow, act and guide or get out of the way. My everyday wish is that as much as you cry as much as you may be saddened – you find strength to remain encouraged, you remain engaged, knowing that you and your surrounding support system will always be a part of change.

Understanding that our community needs a voice and a listening ear, we are offering two listening sessions. Please see the link below for a student listening session that we will hold Wednesday afternoon, 6/3/20, at 12pm for students and another that we will hold Thursday afternoon, 6/4/20, at 12pm for parents.

Student Session https://drewcharterschool.zoom.us/j/94920298185?pwd=WkZLMEQ5YkVtNUJoSXRuOTdlTTRUdz09

Parent Session https://drewcharterschool.zoom.us/j/91097666654?pwd=NWREaW5NT1hzcWhLS0w3eDhrTmN5dz09

K. Myers, Senior Academy Principal

Guardian

Announcements

Rising Ninth Grade Parent Meeting

Date: June 8, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://drewcharterschool.zoom.us/j/96356270656
Meeting ID: 963 5627 0656

AP Testing (Makeup Dates)

Date: June 1, 2020 – June 5, 2020

If you’re student did not take the AP exam in the spring, they were automatically rolled over to take the makeup exams. Please see the makeup dates and info in the link below: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees/late-testing-dates

Summer Reading

Attached, you will find a copy of the AP summer reading list for students who selected an AP course for school year 2020-2021.  The counselors have sent out an email to all those students who will need to complete the summer reading before the start of school in July.  If your child selected to take an AP course and did not receive an email, please contact your child’s counselor.

Rob Richardson (Grades 9 and 11):  rob.richardson@drewcharterschool.org

Tara Davis (Grades 10 and 12): tara.davis@drewcharterschool.org

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lteTmwQZE57xFLRXgHYmK2-mJRo7lDrzITxi54pTc5E/edit?usp=sharing

Uniform Needs

  • In the interest of best serving our community, Drew has moved forward with Flynn O’Hara as our new uniform vendor. Thank you to Dr. Allen for all of her work to find a company to best serve our community. Please see the flyer and link below for more information:

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Calendar


Week of 06/1 – 06/07

Summer School via E-Learning

  • Students and parents requested to participate in summer school should already have communication:
    • Please reach out to Kendrick Myers, Rachel Weaver, or Tameka Allen if you feel you should have received communication and have not as of today.

Please be advised that our School Norms still apply in our E-Learning Environments. 

Students should participate in online class activities with the same respect and decorum that would be displayed in the classroom. Please refer the Student Code of Conduct for specific information on appropriate technology use.
Language and/or actions that violate our Student Code of Conduct in the virtual setting will have similar consequences.

Monday

06/01

Tuesday

06/02

Wednesday

06/03

Thursday

06/04

Friday

06/05


 06/06| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice.
06/07| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:



See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!


Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of May 18th, 2020

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • Everyone and their support of the Senior Car parade! It was truly amazing!
    • Rachel for her vision of the event!
    • Everyone that helped set up, pass out bags, monitor traffic, etc.!
    • Ms. Koriakan and the facilities team for installing all of the signs!
    • All Staff that lined the parking lots to cheer for our students! 
    • Officer Shannon, Officer Bridwell, Lonnie, and the rest of the safety and security team for their support! 
  • Carrington Grant for this wonderful PSA he created for Mrs. Woods and his peers! 
  • AIS’s for their grade level collaboration and coordination to plan this week’s grade level celebrations!
  • Ms. Schaffer and Mr. Prince for their celebration and encouragement to Juniors preparing to take AP exams!
  • Rob for his work to clear seniors and ensure that every student remains on track!
  • The CCR team for their preparation and planning of this week’s student celebrations!
  • Mr. Canney for his support and collaboration with grade level teams to prepare for grade level celebrations!
  • Ms. Person for her consistent communication and support for student accommodations!
  • Senior Academy staff for an amazing school year!
  • Congratulations to Hailey Fisher for receiving the Positive Athlete award. She has been recognized for her stellar team work skills, sportsmanship, and impeccable character. She was one out of the 5,000 nominations to receive this award in the Atlanta Region!
  • Asha Anderson for receiving a scholarship from the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.!!
  • Mr. Parker for his support, understanding, and advocacy for students and families!
  • Mr. Baker for his extra effort to support students and reach out to families!
  • Special Education Department for their tireless efforts, due diligence, and compassion for students!
  • Ms.Weaver for putting in extra effort to make sure the leadership team celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with a rhyme! Click Here to View
  • 11th grade team who received a huge shoutout from parents during our 11th grade parent meeting for their love, support, and extra effort!
  • 9th and 10th grade teams for their constant support and communication with students!
  • Dr.Allen for all of her support to grade level teams and departments during class sessions, PLCs, and in one-on-one conversations!

Next Blazer Day will be announced at a later date!

Blazer Days are Required for Special Events & will occur at least once a month**

**Blazer Days are subject to change.**
[They are currently projected to occur every 2nd Wednesday of the month]

Guardian

Announcements

Parent Zoom Meeting Recordings

Ninth Grade Parent Meeting

Date: May 5, 2020 03:55 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • See recording here
    •  Password: 0L$^c9T=

Tenth Grade Parent Meeting

Date: May 6, 2020 04:26 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • See recording here
    •  Password: 6v*Z3YZZ

Eleventh Grade Parent Meeting

Date: May 7, 2020 03:58 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • See recording here
    •  Password: 2R$j8a^5

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Calendar


Week of 05/18 – 05/24

E-learning via Google Classrooms

  • Drew Media Resources available:
    • Please share and join the Media Services Google classroom7iy2jsh 
  • Please note: Google Hangouts will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Click here to view the Google Hangouts Appropriate Student Usage Guidelines.

Students will follow the A/B Day Rotation in the E-Learning setting. Therefore, students’ will be able to login and look for assignments based on the students’ regular schedule.


Please be advised that our School Norms still apply in our E-Learning Environments. 

Students should participate in online class activities with the same respect and decorum that would be displayed in the classroom. Please refer the Student Code of Conduct for specific information on appropriate technology use.
Language and/or actions that violate our Student Code of Conduct in the virtual setting will have similar consequences.

Monday

05/18

  • 5pm – College Decision Day –> Zoom Details here

Tuesday

05/19

  •  12pm – Freshman Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday

05/20

  • 2pm – Senior Zoom Bash

Thursday

05/21

  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School
  • 2:00 pm Junior Recognition Ceremony
  • 3:30 pm Sophomore Recognition Ceremony
LOOK IN google Classroom for more information or check Remind

Friday

05/22

  • 12pm – Senior Awards Ceremony
  • 3-5pm Senior Curbside pickup and computer drop-off

 05/23| Saturday
  •   N/A
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice.
05/24| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • 6/1-6/26 – SA Summer School
  • 6/1 -6/3 – Rising 9th Grade Summer Transition Program
  • 6/9 -6/10 – PBL/STEAM- for New Staff (K-12)

Food Resources during Closure


See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the upcoming 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

  • New Information Coming Soon

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students:

Week of May 11th, 2020

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


Shoutouts!

  • Congratulations to Hailey Fisher for receiving the Positive Athlete award. She has been recognized for her stellar team work skills, sportsmanship, and impeccable character. She was one out of the 5,000 nominations to receive this award in the Atlanta Region!
  • Asha Anderson for receiving a scholarship from the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.!!
  • Mr. Parker for his support, understanding, and advocacy for students and families!
  • Mr. Baker for his extra effort to support students and reach out to families!
  • Special Education Department for their tireless efforts, due diligence, and compassion for students!
  • Ms.Weaver for putting in extra effort to make sure the leadership team celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with a rhyme! Click Here to View
  • 11th grade team who received a huge shoutout from parents during our 11th grade parent meeting for their love, support, and extra effort!
  • 9th and 10th grade teams for their constant support and communication with students!
  • Dr.Allen for all of her support to grade level teams and departments during class sessions, PLCs, and in one-on-one conversations!

Next Blazer Day will be announced at a later date!

Blazer Days are Required for Special Events & will occur at least once a month**

**Blazer Days are subject to change.**
[They are currently projected to occur every 2nd Wednesday of the month]

Guardian

Announcements

Parent Zoom Meeting Recordings

Ninth Grade Parent Meeting

Date: May 5, 2020 03:55 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • See recording here
    •  Password: 0L$^c9T=

Tenth Grade Parent Meeting

Date: May 6, 2020 04:26 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • See recording here
    •  Password: 6v*Z3YZZ

Eleventh Grade Parent Meeting

Date: May 7, 2020 03:58 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

  • See recording here
    •  Password: 2R$j8a^5

I recognize that this is a difficult time for parents and students. The level of uncertainty is troubling and at times can feel overwhelming. I encourage you to contact our counselors if you or your student need support.

You can also receive support via a free, confidential Crisis Text Line, with trained Crisis Counselors, by texting SHARE to 741741. (This is a national resource that is available 24/7).

Drew Opportunity Fund: First Initiative  

Last school year, Drew Charter launched its inaugural annual fund campaign, the Drew Opportunity Fund, in honor of our retiring Head of School Don Doran.  Under Mr. Doran’s leadership Drew students had myriad opportunities to innovate, achieve, travel and compete, all of which help to close the opportunity gap and make Drew an exemplary learning community. 

As this is a new initiative for Drew, please encourage others to participate, feel free to share ideas for support, and join me in making a donation to this year’s campaign if you haven’t already.  The more we raise, the more we can do!


Calendar

The deadline to order a 2019-2020 yearbook has been extended until May 15th, 2020. While we won’t be back in our school building this spring, we are working on a plan for safe distribution once they arrive.


Week of 05/11 – 05/17

E-learning via Google Classrooms

  • Drew Media Resources available:
    • Please share and join the Media Services Google classroom7iy2jsh 
  • Please note: Google Hangouts will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Click here to view the Google Hangouts Appropriate Student Usage Guidelines.

Students will follow the A/B Day Rotation in the E-Learning setting. Therefore, students’ will be able to login and look for assignments based on the students’ regular schedule.


Please be advised that our School Norms still apply in our E-Learning Environments. 

Students should participate in online class activities with the same respect and decorum that would be displayed in the classroom. Please refer the Student Code of Conduct for specific information on appropriate technology use.
Language and/or actions that violate our Student Code of Conduct in the virtual setting will have similar consequences.

Monday

05/11

Tuesday

05/12

Wednesday

05/13

Thursday

05/14

Friday

05/15

  • E-Learning
    • Students use this day to review, check-in with teachers, receive feedback,and/or turn-in missing work etc.

 05/16 | Saturday

Senior Car Parade @ 4pm

05/17| Sunday
  • None
    • Please note access to the school building for the next two weeks will NOT be available. Security have been advised to not allow access to outsiders until further notice [inclusive of staff].

Upcoming Events:


  • Week of 5/18 -5/22
    • 5/18/20 – Virtual College Decision Day @ 5pm
    • 5/19/20 – Freshman Recognition Ceremony @12pm
    • 5/20/20 – Senior Zoom Bash @ 2pm
    • 5/21/20 Sophomore Recognition Ceremony @ 12pm
    • 5/21/20 Junior Recognition Ceremony @ 2pm
    • 5/22/20 – Virtual Awards Day @ 12pm
  • 05/21/2020-  Last Day of School

Food Resources during Closure


See the information below regarding the importance of communities achieving a “complete count” in the upcoming 2020 Census!


Wifi and Internet Resources

Please see the Xfinity flyer above and information to internet access at a deep discount with Comcast–> CLICK HERE .



PTA UPDATES

CLICK HERE TO JOIN PTA TODAY!

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

  • New Information Coming Soon

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

STUDENTS WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY FOR MEALS IF THEY CHOOSE TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MEALS.

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..


Update for Students: